The Verona squads are in vastly different situations. Last weekend, Juventus were playing a Verona-based team that entered the weekend sitting fifth in the table. Today, seven days after the last-second meltdown against Hellas, Juve are playing the Verona-based club that is trying to stave off relegation.
Two arch-rivals, two different situations.
Yet, how the schedule has fallen this season, Juventus get Verona sides on back-to-back weekends the second time around. Funny how that works out. Well, it's not the worst thing in the world, I guess.
Some say Juve are in a slump because they've dropped points in two of their last three games. Last time I checked, Antonio Conte's men are entering today's games nine points up on second-place Roma. If you don't lose any bits of your lead atop the standings, is it really a slump?
Well, maybe we can discuss all of this after Juventus face their second Verona-based club.in as many weeks. No need to do any kind of traveling, though. This time said Verona-based is coming to Juventus Stadium rather than the other way around. And they're in a current string of not winning in awhile, so Juventus has that going for them, which is nice.
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Chievo will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available to the general public. Or you could try and scoop me by posting the lineups from Twitter, which is possible since this game starts at six in the morning on the West Coast. But we'll see, won't we?
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Giovinco, Llorente
Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Isla, Peluso, Padoin, Pogba, Tevez, Osvaldo, Quagliarella
Chievo XI (3-5-2): Agazzi; Frey, Canini, Bernardini; Sardo, Guana, Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Drame; Stoian, Thereau
Chievo bench: Puggioni, Squizzi, Claiton, Kupisz, Lazarevic, Bentivoglio, Obinna, Mbaye, Pellissier, Rubin, Paloschi
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